Cornwall Wedding? Sunset beach photo shoot? Yes, please.
The first was a day that’s hard to forget. The venue: Polhawn Fort, Cornwall. I arrived late the evening before at a tiny village pub and as a quick side story - I didn’t get to bed when I should have that night because I was taking this photo. Not the only favourite of mine to be captured on this trip.
The fort sits high on a cliff with levels down to a wide lawn that overlooks the sea and continues to its own private beach, passing rugged coastline rocks on the way. Inside the fort is a warren of cosy hideaways and on a scorching day like this, keeps cool and refreshing.
Over the drawbridge (yep!) I find Brad and his ushers playing croche and snap a few before I say hello. Sian is relaxing in the bridal suite and it feels like walking into a lord’s castle. As the guests arrive, they are welcomed takes on the roof. The high walls subtly hide the beautiful vista that they will soon be led down to.
Sian reveals her dress to her father by walking down a private stairway that leads from her room. Dad looks out to sea and I’ll be honest, I choked up. I’m just one of those people at weddings. Vows are taken with some shaded reprieve from the sun before the lawns play host to buffets and entertainment. Formals are held in the sanctuary of a wise old oak tree as guests stare out across the bay.
Speeches are held back in the cool walls of the fort. Outside the sun is beginning to set and so we take this opportunity to create what I feel are the highlights of the day. With the backlight of gold, the couple walks the beach - but the new Harris’s aren’t the type to stand and stare. After piggybacks and slashing, the fort sets off its disco lights and I soon take my leave.
I have to be honest, I was exhausted. But much like the feeling of accomplishment after hiking a mountain or the adrenaline buzz of a workout, it was brilliant exhaustion. I knew in every moment that I was documenting something special. The venue, the weather, the couple. It doesn't take much to fall in love with Cornwall, whoever you are, wherever you're from. But for a photographer, shooting a wedding day like this feels pretty unreal and keeps me loving what I do.